Jordan Nagai has hiked Mt. Fuji—twice. That’s his go-to fun fact during a typical club icebreaker introduction. Or he might tell you that he’s a second-degree black belt in the martial art form judo, or that he plays piano, guitar and saxophone. What Nagai won’t tell you? That he was the voice actor for Russell, the main character for the enormously popular Pixar movie “Up,” which won Best Animated Feature in 2010.
“Onward” is funny, it’s silly but more than that, it touches your heart in a way you wouldn’t expect a story about teenage elves to do.
“Ratatouille” is about finding one’s identity when confronted with new worlds; “Lilo and Stitch” about making new families and loneliness; “Up,” at least ostensibly, about what adventure means and growing up.
Chris Bernardi is sets supervisor for “Coco” and has worked on Pixar classics such as “Finding Nemo,” “WALL-E” and “Inside Out.” 30 years ago, he was taking biology classes at Wash. U.
Chris Bernardi is no stranger to Student Life. Not long after his graduation from Washington University in 1985, he was interviewed for a story on a local St. Louis band, Big Fun, with which he played. Today, the onetime biology major has an even better job with Pixar Animation Studios as a technical director of set shading. What is set shading, you ask?
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